LUSAKA Dynamos captain Kennedy Kashobondo yesterday slapped referee Francis Lombe after he was given a red card during the final fixture of the MTN/FAZ Super League against Zesco United at Lusaka’s Edwin Imboela stadium.
The game that ended 2-1 in favour of the league champions Zesco took an ugly turn in the 77th minute when Kashobondo slapped the referee against the protests of his teammates.
He was red-carded after using abusive language and accusing the referee of being unfair as he had allegedly not committed any foul in the box to deter Zesco from scoring inside the box.
Kashobondo, who was pursuing the CAF C coaching licence a few months ago, shocked members of Lusaka Dynamos executive committee who when watching the match. He was hustled off the pitch by police and match officials.
Dynamos chairperson Mofya Chisala said he was disappointed that the skipper of the team could behave in such a manner.
Both teams had earlier failed to put up an inspiring performance with Zesco’s marksman Jackson Mwanza missing chances in the first half.
However, John Ching’andu put Zesco in the lead before stoppage time after he pounced on a loose ball and scored with a cracker outside the box after defenders failed to clear the ball.
Lusaka Dynamos equalised in the 55th minute through enterprising striker Conlyde Luchanga.
Zesco’s winning goal came in the 80th minute when they were awarded a penalty after Collins Sikombe handled in the box.
Man-of-moment Winston Kalengo converted the spot kick to seal off his golden boot award with 19 goals.
Meanwhile, Konkola Blades were relegated to Division One after they lost to Nakambala Leopards 2-1 at Nakambala Stadium in Mazabuka.
Konkola Blades join National Assembly whose relegation had been confirmed in Week 28 of league matches.
In other results, Nkana beat Nchanga Rangers 2-0 while Power Dynamos lost to Forest Rangers by a lone goal.
Mufulira Wanderers drew 1-all at home against Red Arrows and Zanaco beat Green Eagles 1-0 to solidify their place at the Continental championship level.
Napsa Stars survived relegation by beating Nkwazi 2-0 while relegated National Assembly suffered the final loss to Green Buffaloes with a 2-0 scoreline.